So… Last time it was a mill. Can you guess what I went out and bought this week? It was a mill.
I still have no business owning one. Still. I don’t have the budget to get one, and I don’t have a place to put one if I did.
Nope, I purchased a much needed and much more prosaic tool, a cordless reciprocating saw.
A sawzall is almost a requirement if you are going to be doing much construction, especially if any of that construction is going to involve remodeling. There are many times that you need to cut something away at an odd angle. This is the type of cut that can really only be done with a reciprocating saw.
Doing things like cutting studs away from plates, either in remodeling or in new construction (when you screw up and need to fix without totally disassembling), for instance when you need to make a window opening, or enlarge one.
Another use is to cut studs away from sheathing without having to make cuts that you won’t be able to cover from the outside. That gives you a lot more options than if you had to use something like a circular saw to cut straight through from the outside.
Another thing that is nice about reciprocating saws is the variety of blades that are available for them. Short or long, course or fine, carbon steel or bi-metal. Sawzall blades cover all the bases, and if you choose to spend the money for bi-metal blades they are universal and will last a long time cutting different materials.
If there is a chance that you will be hitting nails when you make cuts a reciprocating saw with a bi-metal blade would be your tool of choice. A blade like that will cut through nails without even breaking stride. A circular saw blade, even a carbide one, will dull quickly under those circumstances.
I have had corded sawzalls for years, but whenever I replace a tool these days I always look at the battery powered versions. With the advent of the lithium battery, quality cordless tools have finally reached the point where they are straight up replacements for their corded versions. The fast chargers available with most tools will have a spare battery charged often before the charge runs out on the battery being used.
The flexibility, ease of use, and versatility of the cordless reciprocating saw make the choice a simple one. Why drag a cord around when there is not need? Why not have a tool that you can grab and use with no fuss even in places that don’t have electricity? Got branches in the way of your line of sight in a tree stand? Cordless sawzall to the rescue.
The only advantage a corded version has is in price, and if you already have another tool and can buy a bare tool, that disadvantage pretty much disappears.
A sawzall is a must have tool. A cordless sawzall is the preferred option these days.
And that’s the story. I’m out.